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Alright, are you ready? Are you ready to hop and skip and jump around to different panels in order to make some creative adjustments to this photograph? Because in this course my focus has been to help you to become more efficient, but also to become more creative, I want to share with you a little bit of a creative process of working on a photograph. Well this picture, I love it in a sense that it's shot with the sun right behind the subject. When you're using a film camera and you do that, a lot of times the photograph, it becomes red and yellow and it's really bright, there's a lot of flair.
Well, I want to bring some of that to this picture. So we'll start off in the Basic Panel. Here I'm just going to boost my Shadows there, also perhaps darken my Blacks a little bit, and just increase the Exposure just a touch as well. Already, the photograph is looking a little bit nicer. Yet, here we're just being efficient; rather I want to push this further. What else could we do? Well, another way that we can modify color and tone is by using the Tone Curve. If you click into your different channels underneath the Point Curve options, we could go to the Red Channel and bring in some reds into the highlights there.
We could also click down to Blue Yellow and then bring in some yellows as well. Right now the image looks a little bit muddy, yet don't worry about that. We're going to correct that as we go. Let's keep hopping and skipping. Here I'm going to hop over to the Split Toning controls and I'll bring in a little bit of a yellow into the highlights, so I'll just find a nice yellow there, and also some reds into those deeper tones. Now that we've done that, I also want to apply some effects. So I'll click on the fx Panel, and here under my Post Crop Vignetting, I want to brighten up those edges.
And in doing that, you can see how we're kind of bringing in some nice flair here. I'll increase my Feather amount so that, that kind of fades out a little bit, just adding a little bit of that nice kind of transition around those edges. Next, I'm noticing that the Exposure, well it's too low. I need to boost it up, bring it up. Let's go back to the Basic Panel. In the Basic Panel we're going to bring up that Exposure. In doing that that's going to kind of correct some of our color issues as well, and then I'll deepen my Blacks here to bring out some nice density there.
Alright, we still have more to do with this photograph. I'm noticing that the hat looks a little blue or purple. So we can get rid of that by going to one of our panels, which is called HSL. Here I'll go to Saturation and then just desaturate the blues. In doing that it kind of makes the image feel more cohesive. It's starting to take on kind of some nice narrative or story elements. It feels like it was captured with film. Speaking of film, why don't we add some film grain? We'll select the Zoom Tool and then click on the image, and as I mentioned before, we're hopping and skipping; we're going from one panel to another.
And what my hope here isn't that you're necessarily following along, but you're starting to see how you can use Camera Raw in order to come up with some creative ways to process your photographs like this. Here I'll go back to fx and I'm going to bring up my Amount for my Film Grain and also then take down the Size a little bit. This will create a nice soft feel. I mean, the grain has a great mood or emotion with this picture. Let's look at the before and after here with this panel, and then let's also evaluate all that we've done.
To do so, we'll click on Snapshots and then press the P key or click on this icon. Here's before and then now here's after. Next, we can zoom out by double-clicking the Hand Tool and then we can click Preview to look at before and then after. As we make these changes, we also might need to navigate back to panels. So here I'll go back to Tone Curve and I'm going to go into my Red Channel. I'm noticing that I have a little bit too much red in the photograph for my liking, so I'm just going to bring that down a little bit here. And I think I need to bring it down in the highlights, so I'll drag that top point down a bit so it's now a little bit more focused on the subject there.
Alright, it's all in the details, all of these subtle adjustments which help us to improve our photographs. Next, I'm going back to my Split Toning Panel and here I'm going to remove a little bit more yellow from the highlights there. I think I brought in too much into that area of the picture as well, but perhaps I need a little bit more actually, so I'll go ahead and drag that around. So again, the creative process, it isn't linear, rather it's almost circular. You hop here, you go there, you make an adjustment there, and then you get to the end result, this photograph here.
And if we zoom in on this picture and look at it, well, it's just a completely different photograph and you can only accomplish this if you've gotten really efficient with all of your controls, and then if you ask yourself, well, how can I use all of this technical expertise, not just to process the image so that it's correct, but so that I can process the image so that there's feeling or emotion or so that you can further your vision for your photographs. That is so important. Camera Raw is much more than sliders and controls, rather it's about how we can further our photographic ideas and how we can accomplish those, how we can make Camera Raw work for us, rather than us working for Camera Raw.
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